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Health Plus: Bariatric Weight Loss

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Stacy Brockmeyer lives in Sumner with her two children and husband. The 32-year-old mom said she had struggled with her weight for most of her adult life.

She tried different diet plans, exercised on the treadmill, but, she found none of these weight loss tactics successful.

"That was it for me. I had to do something, I had to make a change," Brockmeyer said.

On March 5, 2013, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery, in which 85 percent of the stomach is removed.

"By really converting that to more of just a thin tube, we restrict the volume that the stomach can hold," said Dr. Matt Glascock with Covenant Medical Center.

Brockmeyer said when she found out she was pre-diabetic, that was the last straw.

"I wanted to live to see my kids grow up. I was going down a really bad road."

Brockmeyer weighed 296 lbs. last year; today, she stands at 154 lbs. Dropping 14 sizes and feeling great, she said she's now a perfect 10. Brockmeyer explains her surgery was the initial tool in her weight loss - not a quick fix. She continues to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle; eliminating greasy foods, alcohol and carbonated beverages from her diet completely.

Covenant Medical Center doctors also stress the fact that bariatric surgery is a catalyst in the weight loss process, and not the sole solution.

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